Latsis and Costamare-backed Neptune Maritime Leasing Limited gives Lars Solbakken an advisory role to leasing company’s executive board.

Neptune Maritime Leasing has announced that Mr. Solbakken, a former Ocean Yield chief executive officer, will join the company as an adviser to its executive Board.

Harris Antoniou, founder and chief executive of Neptune Leasing, said he was honoured that “yet another leading shipping expert has agreed to support our platform of leasing services to the maritime community. Lars will help the company to reach its goal to build a high-quality diversified portfolio in shipping and oil services.”

Neptune Leasing is a growth-oriented maritime leasing platform providing flexible financing solutions to shipowners, which was established in 2021. Neptune is backed by two leading strategic investors with a leading presence in shipping.

One of the two investors that supports Neptune Leasing is the Latsco Family Office, the first Anchor Investor in Neptune Leasing, which is the Single Family Office of Marianna J. Latsis’ family, with offices in Athens, Geneva, and London. LFO manages strategic investments in Shipping, Energy, Infrastructure, Real Estate and Fintech, has investment expertise across asset classes and multiple strategic partnerships.  The Latsis family is one of the world’s most renowned investors in shipping since the 1940’s via the Latsco Shipping Group.

The second investor is the Greek Costamare, a very well-known shipowner and provider of containerships and dry bulk vessels for charter, with 49 years of history in the international shipping industry. Costamare is the leading investor in Neptune Maritime Leasing, through an investment of an amount of up to $200 million.

Gabriella Kindert, Non-Executive Director & Board Chair mentioned: “With his long experience in the sector, Lars will assist us to pursue our mission and growth objectives. I welcome Lars as an Adviser to our Board.”

Lars Solbakken commented that “the company is well positioned to offer a very competitive leasing product and should be a very attractive financing partner for both shipping and oil-service companies.”